The weather and the seasons aren’t the only things changing this spring!  We’ve undergone some big changes as well since Ann Marie left All in the Details last fall.  With the departure of my friend and business partner for the past seven years, the opportunity for change came knocking at my door, and I’m happy to say I’ve answered it!  Here’s a little preview of what I’ve been up to and what’s in the works here at All in the Details!

First, we’re renovating part of our showroom (which we share with Pinnacle Kitchens) to include a new area to display all the great new tile samples we’ve been getting in lately.  Right now, our counters are covered in samples that I just pulled out of their boxes, but soon we’ll have new Cabico cabinets in a contemporary style with roll-out drawers and hanging space on the walls to display the tile samples and a new Cambria quartz countertop where we can spread out our designs and samples for your kitchen and bath projects.  Here’s a peek at part of the renovation in progress!

Tile Room Renovation

New Tile Room in Progress!

Other changes include new and expanded product lines that will offer the latest options for lighting, rugs/carpeting, bedding, blinds, window treatments, pillows and fabrics….just to name a few!  We’re bursting at the seams with new samples and displays showing some of the great products we have left over from the last few homes we’ve staged for the Parade of Homes.  We have lots of pillows, throws and bedding and extra pieces of decorator fabrics for those who like to do their own sewing.

Showroom Products

Another change takes me from writing newsletter articles to joining the new world of blogging.  For those of you used to getting our generally bi-monthly newsletters in the past, they’ll be replaced with more frequent blogs which will be short  articles on one subject.  We’ll be covering various topics of interest including design tips, new products available for the home, design styles, trends, etc.  If there is something in particular you’d like to know more about, let us know and we’ll research it for you!

For our Facebook friends, we’ve updated the All in the Details Design Facebook Page.  If you’re a fan of Facebook, we hope you’ll check out our page and “Like” us to follow our posts.  There you’ll see the latest updates on news, events and projects in the works at All in the Details.

Last, and best of all, we’ve redesigned the All in the Details website showing our latest projects in our on-line portfolio…with big photos that self-scroll in slideshow fashion.  I love the changes, and I hope you do too.  Please let me know what you think of it!  Big thanks to Ken Chalifour of the Chalifour Design Group for his innovative ideas and extreme patience in working with me on the website!

I’m sure we can all agree that change is hard, but I’m happy to report that when you embrace the changes, it can also be terrific!  Here’s to change!!

 

Cubbies, hooks, drawers, shoe storage and seating..everything has a place!

 

Previously, the mudroom was the area where everything was dropped as you entered the home.  Women have spoken…and in order for them to have a sense of calm upon entering their own homes they are including an organized mudroom as an “essential” on their needs list whether it’s for a new home or a remodel.

With careful planning the mudroom can be “communication central”; providing space for mail, keys, a message-board, docking station for cell phones, Blackberries, I-phones, I-pads and laptops.

Open and closed storage

mudroom

For children this area can have cubbies or lockers to store coats, boots, shoes and athletic equipment.

This area provides one less stress for everyone as they try to get out of the door in the morning.  If desired, it can all be hidden behind cabinetry that appears as another piece of beautiful furniture…and most importantly the kitchen area remains the calm haven it was planned to be.

Looking for a visual punch to brighten up your kitchen?  Or something to tie together discordant elements, like warm wood cabinets and cold stainless steel appliances?  Or perhaps you’re looking for an inexpensive way to modernize an outdated kitchen without replacing the cabinets.  What can accomplish all these things?  A kitchen backsplash.

Stone, glass, metal, porcelain, terracotta, wood, mosaics and eco-friendly tiles made from recycled glass, aluminum and brass are all materials we’re seeing alone and in interesting combinations in kitchen backsplashes these days.  Backsplashes are considered wall art in kitchen design, and we’re seeing more interesting tile designs than ever.

Here are a few ideas for creative and functional backsplashes.

GPC backsplash

Quartz counters with a 3" quartz backsplash and stone tile backsplash on the walls

 

The backsplash in this catering kitchen is done in a small brick-patterned stone in varying shades of gray and golden bronze and compliments the quartz countertops.

Notice how the golden bronze color in the backsplash tile brings out the warm tone of the cherry cabinets and the gray color in the tile ties in the cooler tone of the stainless steel appliances.

 

 

A diamond pattern using 4×4 tiles in the same gray and golden bronze colors was added to the backsplash above the cooktop and on the sink wall to break up the long run of the brick pattern.

GPC backsplash

Small brick pattern tile with 4x4 squares in diamond pattern behind cooktop and sink

 

backsplash tile

French Country Kitchen Backsplash Tile

A money-saving idea used in this kitchen was to pair inexpensive 4×4 tiles with the more expensive diamond-patterned tiles used only in a running strip in the center of this backsplash.  Although the homeowner fell in love with the diamond-patterned tile, the cost of using it on the entire backsplash was not within her budget.  However, a small amount of it fit nicely within the budget and perhaps stands out even more when centered within the square tiles.

 

We later used the rest of her diamond-patterned tiles as a featured insert in a shower when she renovated a bathroom.

Shower tile

Diamond-patterned tile used in shower as framed artwork

 

There are so many tile options available today that backsplash ideas are endless!  A little imagination and creativity can create functional and inspiring wall art for your kitchen…or bath.

 

tile samples

Just a few possibilities to choose from!

Double sink spaceRoom for 2 to get ready in the morning!

More than just a utilitarian room that every house needs, the bathroom has become the oasis to unwind and pamper ourselves.  And bathroom remodels are definitely worth the money as you’re able to get a 75-85% return on your investment. Here are some important considerations if you are contemplating a bathroom renovation:

1. Is the space adequate to accomplish all of your needs? If not, but you need to work within the given space, consider a bath designer who specializes in using the space to its maximum potential.

2. How many people will be using this room? Consider a second sink if there will be multiple users. This way more than one person can brush their teeth or put in their contacts as they  get ready in the morning.

3. Be sure to take into account the age of the users and their capabilities. If younger children will be using this bath, then consider the height of the countertop or plan ahead with a space where a stepstool can inconspicuously be tucked away. In the shower, if you have the space and budget, include not just a showerhead, but also a shower bar that allows for an adjustable and handheld showerspray.

4. All of the products that are going to be used in the bathroom should be appropriate for the users. If taller than average people will be using the bathroom, this is a good time to not only consider the heights of the countertops, but also the toilets and the showerheads. Consider using slip resistant flooring not only in the shower but throughout the bathroom for a secure feeling and for ease of maintenance.  Be sure to consider the height of everyone in the family when deciding whether to install a standard to “comfort height” toilet.

Multiple layers of lighting

Multiple and dimmable layers of lighting provide the necessary task and ambient lighting

5. Lighting is key in a bathroom. Natural light is preferable in a room, but it is not always sufficient to accomplish our personal grooming.  Makeup lighting is best achieved by having sconces on either side of the mirror.  Lighting in the shower is essential for practicality and for safety.  An adequate number of overhead lamps ensures general task lighting in the entire bath area. Putting them on dimmers provides the ambiance needed for a relaxing soak in the tub.

6. Lastly, be prepared emotionally for the upheaval that a bath remodel will cause to your daily life. Just like a kitchen remodel, a bathroom renovation upsets your daily routine. Understanding this ahead of time, eases the stress….and envisioning the end result will keep you grounded.